I suppose we don’t really think of sound as a vital part of a garden, but it is a really nice thing to include. Whether it’s the rustling noise of the wind through bamboo or the sound of a gentle water fountain.
This clear, contemporary pool divides the garden nicely too.
A series of ponds with small cascades of water like this one below, looks more at home in a naturalistic, rural setting.
But for a small garden, something more compact is necessary, like this stylish pool.
A spout that’s mounted onto a wall is a neat way of including water in a small space, like this smart one below. This type of water features also need a lot less looking after than a pond, so they’re also ideal if you don’t have much time.
A lion mask is more traditional, a small, hidden pump circulates the water round and all the pipework is hidden in the wall or can be disguised by plants.
So if you’re thinking of having a water feature in your garden, this might help to persuade you:
- The sound of water adds another dimension to your garden.
- It can help to mask traffic noise.
- It’s a cooling sight on a hot sunny day.
- Water attracts birds into your garden and we want this because they’ll eat unwelcome bugs.
- Small water features need very little looking after.
There are some wonderful ponds in this older post about the Beth Chatto garden.
all images: Jill Anderson